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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Government Island Wide Network Project (St.Lucia)
Project Description: According to St. Lucia’s Population and Housing Census 2010 indicated that less than half of the population, only 43% has access to the internet, with the highest percentage concentrated in the north of the Island namely Castries and Gros-islet, resulting in "Urban and rural digital divide" and "Home network penetration" . In order to improve the problems, the project use Taiwan’s advantages in ICT and successful experiences to help St. Lucia develop WLAN(Wireless local Area Network) in public areas (government organizations, schools, remote areas) of cities and towns, providing residents, tourists, and businessmen with free or low-cost Internet. It will increase Internet use and encourage the government and companies to take advantage of this infrastructure to provide diverse and innovative services, as well as establishing "information security and Internet monitoring" and "ability development and applied innovation," promoting convenient educational and tourist services.
Region: Caribbean
Implementation Start Date: 2015/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2018/12/31
Project Objectives: With Taiwan's development experience and technology to assist in planning “Master plan”,”Roadmap”,“Network Building Design” and "Application Service", etc.
Executing Agency: 1.International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF)
2.Division of Public Sector Modernisation, Ministry of the Public Service, Information and Broadcasting
3.Government Information and Technology Services Limited
Current Progress: Up to the end of December 2017, the following activities have been completed:
1.Signing of the Government Island-wide Network (GINet) Project between the Government of Saint Lucia and the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
2.Procurement for the consultancy phase of the GINet Project,including site surveys for the 19 wireless backbone networks and site surveys for the 70 Wi-Fi hotspots.
3.Procurement for the implementation phase of the GINet Project.
4.Processes of clearance, acceptance and storage of equipment for the installation phase of the project.
5.Signing of the installation contract for St. Lucia.
6.Commencement of installation phase: Completed 54.29 percent of installation of backbone; completed 39.58 of installation of hotspot.
7.Promotional activities, including setting up a GINet Facebook page.
Project Performance: 1.Outcome:Enhance Internet penetration rate of 5%
2.Outputs:
(1)Operations and maintenance center, Operations and maintenance Center, Online management platform.
(2)Long-term network development strategy, Operations maintenance management rules.
(3)5 qualified persons for operational and management, 2 qualified for call center, 10 Internet service technician.
Project Contact: I-Ying Kuo
Phone: 02-2873-2323 Ext.222
E-mail: ingrid.kuo@icdf.org.tw
Sector: Social Infrastructure and Services
Sector Item: Government and Civil Society
Cooperating Country: Caribbean, St. Lucia
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date:2015/10/12
  • Date Updated:2018/1/26